2018–19 Liga FPD

The 2018–19 Liga FPD season, also known as Campeonato Banco Popular for sponsorship reasons,[1] is the 98th since its establishment. The tournament is the second since the 2006–07 season to use the Apertura and Clausura names to their short tournaments, marking a departure from the Invierno and Verano tournaments.

Liga FPD
Season2018–19
ChampionsApertura:
Herediano (27th title)

Clausura:
San Carlos (1st title)
RelegatedCarmelita
CONCACAF LeagueSan Carlos
Herediano
Saprissa
Top goalscorerMarcel Hernández
(15 goals)
Biggest home winAlajuelense 6–1 Herediano
(9 September 2018)
Biggest away winGrecia 0–5 Saprissa
(28 April 2019)
Highest scoringHerediano 6–2 Limón
(11 November 2018)
All statistics correct as of 11 November 2018.

The Voit Lummo is the official match ball of the tournament.[2] Deportivo Saprissa are the defending champions, after defeating Herediano in the Clausura 2018 tournament.

Teams and Structure ChangesEdit

A total of 12 teams will contest the league, including 11 sides from the 2017–18 season, one team promoted from the Liga de Ascenso.

San Carlos were promoted for the first time to the Liga FPD after defeating Jicaral in the Liga de Ascenso final, thus replacing Liberia in the Liga FPD.

For this season, the league has changed the playoff format. The top 4 teams in the regular season will progress to a two-legged knockout tournament. If the same team that wins the regular season wins the playoff, that team wins the season championship immediately. Should a different team win the playoff than won the regular season, those two teams will meet in a two-legged Grand Final for the season championship.

Personnel, kits and StadiaEdit

Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
Team Manager Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor(s) Stadium Capacity
Alajuelense   Luis Diego Arnáez Kelme Claro Alejandro Morera Soto 18,000
Carmelita   Mario Víquez Monarca Almacenes Decavisa Estadio Rafael Bolaños 4,500
Cartaginés   Martin Arriola Joma Bancrédito "Fello" Meza 13,500
Municipal Grecia   Walter Centeno Living Sports Super Rosvil Estadio Allen Riggioni 3,000
Guadalupe F.C.   Geiner Segura Pirma Papa John's Pizza Estadio José Joaquín "Coyella" Fonseca 4,500
Herediano   Jaime de la Pava Umbro kölbi Eladio Rosabal Cordero 8,721
Limón   Ricardo Allen Thomas Sportek APM Terminals Estadio Juan Gobán 3,000
Pérez Zeledón   José Giacone Textiles JB kölbi Municipal de Pérez Zeledón 6,000
San Carlos   Martin Cardetti ARN Dos Pinos Estadio Carlos Ugalde Álvarez 5,600
Santos   Johnny Chaves Capelli Sport Grupo Colono Ebal Rodríguez 3,000
Saprissa   Vladimir Quesada Kappa Bimbo, Ibérico Ricardo Saprissa 23,000
UCR   Minor Díaz Saeta TBD Estadio Jorge Hernán "Cuty" Monge 5,500

Managerial changesEdit

Before the start of the seasonEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
CF Universidad de Costa Rica   TBD Resigned June 2018   Octavio Bermúdez July 2018 TBD (2017-2018)
Herediano   TBD Resigned June 2018   Jaime de la Pava July 2018 TBD (2017-2018)
Cartaginés   TBD Resigned June 2018   Paulo Wanchope July 2018 TBD (2017-2018)

During the Apertura seasonEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
Limón F.C.   Horacio Esquivel Resigned September 2018   Ricardo Allen Thomas September 2018 12th (Apertura 2018)
Herediano   Jaime de la Pava Sacked September 2018   Jafet Soto September 2018 th (Apertura 2018)
C.S. Cartaginés   Paulo Wanchope Resigned September 2018   Martin Arriola September 2018 th (Apertura 2018)
Limón F.C.   Ricardo Allen Thomas Moved to assistant coach September 2018   Marvin Solano September 2018 th (Apertura 2018)
UCR   Octavio Bermúdez Sacked October 2018   Minor Díaz October 2018 12th (Apertura 2018)
Herediano   Jafet Soto Sacked October 2018   Paulo Wanchope October 2018 th (Apertura 2018)
Carmelita   Mario Víquez Sacked October 2018   Luis José Herra y Luis Carlos Mejías October 2018 th (Apertura 2018)

Between the Apertura and Clausura seasonEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
Herediano   Jafet Soto Sacked December 2018   Hernan Medford December 2018 12th (Apertura 2018)

During the Clausura seasonEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
San Carlos   Martin Cardetti Sacked January 2019   Luis Marin January 2019 th (Apertura 2018)
Alajuelense   Luis Diego Arnáez Sacked January 2019   Hernán Torres January 2019 th (Apertura 2018)
Herediano   Hernan Medford Sacked March 2019   Jafet Soto March 2019 th (Apertura 2018)
Limon   Marvin Solano Sacked February 2019   Ricardo Allen February 2019 th (Apertura 2018)

AperturaEdit

The Apertura tournament will be played in the second half of 2018, starting on 21 July.

Regular seasonEdit

The regular season began on 21 July 2018 and ended on 11 November 2018.

On 17 October 2018, the match between Limón and Grecia was suspended in the 25th minute due to a waterlogged pitch. The remaining 65 minutes were played the next day.

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Saprissa 22 14 6 2 45 17 +28 48 Advance to Playoffs and (if necessary) Grand final
2 Alajuelense 22 16 0 6 44 22 +22 48 Advance to Playoffs
3 San Carlos 22 11 5 6 38 29 +9 38
4 Herediano 22 11 5 6 35 26 +9 38
5 Pérez Zeledón 22 10 7 5 31 24 +7 37
6 Cartaginés 22 8 8 6 40 34 +6 32
7 Santos de Guápiles 22 7 4 11 26 29 −3 25
8 Carmelita 22 6 6 10 31 40 −9 24
9 Grecia 22 7 3 12 27 36 −9 24
10 Guadalupe 22 6 5 11 25 40 −15 23
11 Limón 22 5 5 12 27 43 −16 20
12 UCR 22 2 4 16 23 52 −29 10
Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) goals scored; 4) head-to-head points; 5) head-to-head goal difference; 6) head-to-head goals scored; 7) draw

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ALA CARM CART GRE GUA HER LIM PER SCA SNT SAP UCR
Alajuelense 2–3 2–1 2–0 3–1 6–1 1–0 1–2 2–1 1–0 1–0 5–1
Carmelita 0–1 1–1 1–2 3–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 2–4 0–3 2–2 3–2
Cartaginés 2–3 3–2 2–3 5–1 3–2 3–0 3–0 1–1 4–3 0–1 2–2
Grecia 1–4 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–2 1–2 1–0 1–1 1–3 2–1
Guadalupe 0–2 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 3–1 1–1 2–3 2–1 0–2 1–0
Herediano 1–0 2–0 0–0 4–2 2–1 6–2 0–1 1–0 3–0 2–0 4–0
Limón 0–1 1–1 1–3 2–1 5–2 3–0 0–3 1–2 0–2 1–1 3–1
Pérez Zeledón 3–1 2–2 1–1 2–1 0–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 0–2 2–0
San Carlos 2–1 1–2 1–1 2–1 2–1 1–2 2–0 2–1 2–2 2–2 2–0
Santos de Guápiles 0–2 2–1 3–0 2–0 0–2 0–1 1–1 1–0 0–2 0–0 2–1
Saprissa 2–1 3–0 4–1 1–0 2–0 1–0 4–0 2–2 3–3 2–1 4–0
UCR 1–2 3–4 1–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–2 2–1 0–4
Source: Soccerway
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the rivalry between the two participants.

PlayoffsEdit

  Semifinals Finals
                         
1 Saprissa 0 1 1 (2)  
4 Herediano 1 0 1 (4)  
    4 Herediano 2 1 3 (4)
  2 Alajuelense 1 2 3 (2)
2 Alajuelense 1 1 2 (3)
3 San Carlos 1 1 2 (1)  

SemifinalsEdit

First legsEdit
Herediano1 – 0Saprissa
H. Saravia   21'
Referee: Adrian Elizondo
San Carlos1 – 1Alajuelense
J. McDonald   38' (pen)   54' Á. Saborío
Referee: Christian Rodríguez
Second legsEdit
Saprissa1 – 0 (a.e.t.)Herediano
J. Venegas   33'
Penalties
2 - 4
Referee: Pedro Navarro
Alajuelense1 – 1San Carlos
A. López   55'  
Penalties
3 - 1
Referee: Geiner Zuñiga

FinalsEdit

First legEdit
Herediano2 – 1Alajuelense
Y. Ruiz   60' (pen)   75'   88' M. Foster
Referee: Keylor Herrera [3]
Second legEdit
Alajuelense2–1Herediano
Jonathan Mcdonald   28'
Jonathan Moya   72'
[1] Allan Cruz   60'
Penalties
  • Roger Rojas  
  • Freddy Álvarez  
  • Jonathan McDonald  
  • Kenner Gutiérrez  
2 - 4
  • Randall Azofeifa  
  • Pablo Salazar  
  • Gerardo Lugo  
  • Antonio Pedroza  
Referee: Christian Rodriguez

Grand finalEdit

If the regular season winners are unable to win the playoffs, a double-legged final will be played against the playoffs winner in order to determine the champions of the Apertura tournament. The team with the better accumulated record over the regular season and playoffs will host the second leg.

First legEdit

Herediano2 – 2Saprissa
Ó. Granados   40'
A. Magaña   78'
  69' J. Venegas
  87' A. Cabral
Referee: Adrian Elizondo

Second legEdit

Saprissa2 – 3 (a.e.t.)Herediano
O. Arellano   36' (o.g.)
J. Venegas   66'
  47' J. Marín
  70' C. Reyes
  112' A. Magaña
Referee: Pedro Navarro


 Apertura 2018 Champions 
Herediano
27th title

ClausuraEdit

Regular seasonEdit

The regular season began on 12 January 2019 and will end of 28 April 2019.

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 San Carlos 22 11 6 5 36 20 +16 39 Advance to Playoffs and (if necessary) Grand final
2 Saprissa 22 11 5 6 41 27 +14 38 Advance to Playoffs
3 Pérez Zeledón 22 9 10 3 35 27 +8 37
4 Herediano 22 9 7 6 31 24 +7 34
5 Cartaginés 22 9 7 6 34 28 +6 34
6 Alajuelense 22 8 8 6 33 27 +6 32
7 Grecia 22 8 7 7 32 32 0 31
8 UCR 22 8 7 7 35 38 −3 31
9 Santos de Guápiles 22 8 3 11 33 39 −6 27
10 Limón 22 7 5 10 22 32 −10 26
11 Guadalupe 22 4 6 12 20 37 −17 18
12 Carmelita 22 2 5 15 19 40 −21 11
Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) goals scored; 4) head-to-head points; 5) head-to-head goal difference; 6) head-to-head goals scored; 7) draw

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ALA CARM CART GRE GUA HER LIM PER SCA SNT SAP UCR
Alajuelense 1–0 2–2 1–0 3–0 2–2 1–0 1–2 0–1 0–1 1–1 3–3
Carmelita 1–1 0–3 0–1 4–1 0–3 2–0 2–4 1–3 2–2 0–1 1–1
Cartaginés 2–4 2–1 1–1 2–3 2–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–1 2–0 2–2
Grecia 1–0 1–1 0–1 2–2 1–2 0–0 2–2 2–1 5–0 0–5 2–0
Guadalupe 0–3 1–1 0–3 1–2 0–0 1–1 0–1 1–2 2–0 0–2 1–4
Herediano 2–0 1–0 2–1 2–3 1–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 3–2 2–0 1–2
Limón 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–2 1–1 1–0 3–1 1–0 2–1 2–1 1–2
Pérez Zeledón 2–4 2–1 0–0 2–2 2–1 1–1 3–0 1–0 1–1 2–3 3–1
San Carlos 3–0 1–0 2–0 2–2 0–0 3–2 5–1 2–2 1–0 0–2 3–1
Santos de Guápiles 1–3 2–0 2–1 3–0 1–2 1–1 4–2 0–1 1–5 5–3 2–1
Saprissa 0–0 4–1 1–2 4–2 1–3 2–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–0 4–0
UCR 2–2 3–1 4–4 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–3 0–2
Source: Soccerway
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the rivalry between the two participants.

PlayoffsEdit

  Semifinals Finals
                         
1 San Carlos 0 4 4  
4 Herediano 2 1 3  
    1 San Carlos 1 0 1 (a)
  2 Saprissa 1 0 1
2 Saprissa 1 2 3
3 Pérez Zeledón 1 1 2  

SemifinalsEdit

First legsEdit
Herediano2 – 0San Carlos
J. Marín   47'
J. Ortiz   59'
Referee: Pedro Navarro
Pérez Zeledón1 – 1Saprissa
L. Cazal   10'   45+2' C. Bolaños
Referee: Adrian Chinchilla
Second legsEdit
San Carlos4 – 1Herediano
Á. Saborío   9'
R. Chirino   26'
L. Días   64' (o.g.)
P. Leal   84'
  24' J. Ortiz
Referee: Christian Rodríguez

San Carlos progress 4-3 on aggregate.

Saprissa2 – 1Pérez Zeledón
M. Torres   21'
M. Barrantes   75'
  24' J. Sánchez
Referee: Adrián Elizondo

Saprissa progress 3-2 on aggregate.

FinalsEdit

First legEdit
Saprissa1 – 1San Carlos
R. Castillo   64'   42' M. Mena
Referee: Adrian Chinchilla
Second legEdit
San Carlos0 – 0Saprissa
Referee: Christian Rodríguez

1-1 on aggregate. San Carlos wins 1-0 on away goals.

Grand finalEdit

If the regular season winners are unable to win the playoffs, a double-legged final will be played against the playoffs winner in order to determine the champions of the Clausura tournament. The team with the better accumulated record over the regular season and playoffs will host the second leg. For this tournament, San Carlos won both the regular season and playoffs, so they were declared champions without a grand final.


 Clausura 2019 Champions 
San Carlos
1st title

Aggregate tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Saprissa (Q) 44 25 11 8 86 44 +42 86 CONCACAF League preliminary round[a]
2 Alajuelense 44 24 8 12 77 49 +28 80
3 San Carlos (Q) 44 22 11 11 74 49 +25 77 CONCACAF League round of 16[b]
4 Pérez Zeledón 44 19 17 8 66 51 +15 74
5 Herediano (Q) 44 20 12 12 66 50 +16 72 CONCACAF League round of 16[c]
6 Cartaginés 44 17 15 12 74 62 +12 66
7 Grecia 44 15 10 19 59 68 −9 55
8 Santos de Guápiles 44 15 7 22 59 68 −9 52
9 Limón 44 12 10 22 49 75 −26 46
10 UCR 44 10 11 23 58 90 −32 41
11 Guadalupe 44 10 11 23 45 77 −32 41
12 Carmelita (R) 44 8 11 25 50 80 −30 35 Relegated to Liga de Ascenso
Source: Soccerway Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) goals scored; 4) head-to-head points; 5) head-to-head goal difference; 6) head-to-head goals scored; 7) draw
(Q) Qualified for the phase indicated; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ As non-champions with best aggregate record (CRC3)
  2. ^ As Clausura champions (CRC1)
  3. ^ As Apertura champions (CRC2)

List of foreign players in the leagueEdit

This is a list of foreign players in the 2018–19 season. The following players:

  1. Have played at least one game for the respective club.
  2. Have not been capped for the Costa Rica national football team on any level, independently from the birthplace

A new rule was introduced this season, that clubs can have four foreign players per club and can only add a new player if there is an injury or a player is released and it's before the close of the season transfer window. [2]

  (player released during the Apertura season)   (player released between the Apertura and Clausura seasons)   (player released during the Clausura season)

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Molina, José Pablo (20 June 2017). "Últimos campeones abrirán en casa el certamen de Apertura 2017". www.unafut.com (in European Spanish). Archived from the original on 2017-06-25. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  2. ^ Molina, José Pablo (20 June 2017). "El Campeón abre en Guadalupe | El Guardián.cr". El Guardián (Costa Rica) (in European Spanish). Retrieved 23 June 2017.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Herediano vs LD Alajuelense: (2-1) Resumen y Goles del Partido". 2 December 2018.